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Lunar Eclipse 14AQ Aug 5, 2009

There must be gracious plenty articles and posts available online just now concerning the August 5th (or Aug 6th, depending on your time zone) Lunar Eclipse at 14Aquarius, so I shall recommend them all for gaining an overview of opinions and insights.

But if you’d like to check out my own notes with chart image included, try this link, if you wish.

A Political Astrology flavor will be in evidence, however, with the chart set for the White House…just so you’re aware before you click.

And if you know where the 14AQ/14Leo axis falls within your own natal and progressed charts, you’ll know where to expect changes and/or revelations from the August 2009 Lunar Eclipse.

14AQ’s aspects to natal and progressed planets and house rulers’ influences should be taken into account for a more accurate picture.

Then there are correspondances: say your Sun or Moon are in Leo or AQ – you may be more influenced or affected by Eclipses in either of those signs than say one who has the luminaries in other signs natally, no matter at which degree/s.

~Update August 3, 1:35 am edt~

August 5 Eclipse info now ‘new and improved’ with the Lunar Elipse’s Mystic Rectangle pattern noted in the chart.

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White House Beer Summit 7.30.09

There are three a-chillin’ in this photograph of today’s ‘Beer Summit’, as Joan Walsh calls the casual chic ‘sit down to have a beer’ gala held at the White House Thursday between a president, a cop, and a professor.

Now I wonder what my Astrology friends will call these particular archetypal actors on the planetary level as the trio kicks it on the world stage…?

My guesses are as follows:

A president = Sun

A cop = Mars

A professor = Jupiter

Are we agreed? If so, then it’s harmony all around!

In Astrology this is precisely the trio of energies we must muster toward cooperative mode if we want to get anything done!

And a “Beer Summit”?

Escapist Neptune, naturally, doin’ that groovy urge-to-merge Neptunian thing that Neptune does as boundaries melt away…and even suds belong in bubbly Neptune’s realm.


Update after midnight: I almost forgot that VP Joe Biden was elbow-bending in the Rose Garden photo, too. As an elder statesman, he’d have to be signified by Saturn, with the Rose the flower of Venus, right?

Update 7.31.09: just thought the Sun Leo-Moon Sag blend in force from 5:00 pm est yesterday has an interesting word picture that describes the event…

Sun Leo-Moon Sag: ‘The knight in shining armor wins a game of poker and the drinks are on the house.’ !!

(‘Sun Sign-Moon Sign’, Chas & Suzi Harvey.)

Is Health Care Reform debate 1993 revisited?

Sometimes history repeats like acid reflux, thanks to Washington politicians using the same tactics that worked before.

Here and elsewhere I have complained that 2009’s Health Care Reform bill is being opposed if only to undermine a Democratic White House, and I wasn’t even considering Republican actions and the factions of 1993. Was I wrong?

Never mind that Democrats have a mandate from we-the-people, many of whom need relief from a costly run-away health care system that intends only bankruptcy for you if you should find yourself in a bind.

In Darwinian America of the New Millennium, you have to be fit to survive, otherwise it’s buh bye, see ya wouldn’t wanna be ya.

Maybe we need a dose of that oft-touted “compassionate conservatism” we once heard so much about. That and ten dollars might get you a fluffed-up pillow in a sparsely-appointed emergency room somewhere in America.

Meanwhile, Washington pols work tirelessly to protect corporate profits and keep their own stock portfolios fluffed up with med and pharmaceutical returns while insurance companies chortle on their way to open their next offshore account.

But it’s Beltway Brigands who give the old “fox guarding the henhouse” truism fresh meaning with every secret deal they make at our expense.

If a loved one suffers and dies for lack of treatment based on insurance concerns for their bottom line, would you really care which party inhabits the White House – or whose prospects are better for the next election?

Then you’re a political chump. Sorry. But there it is.

Sun Tau-Moon Libra 5.6.09

If you find yourself wondering about an important White House meeting today through the lens of Astrology have a gander at this post which will also link you to more info on today’s transits to the Inaugural 2009 chart which I’ve placed at my new blog and gives the Sabian Symbol for Mercury’s current retrograde station degree….it’s quite a doozy.

Easter April 12 2009: our moveable feast!

The History Channel website has interesting info, including videos, about the main holiday in my book, Easter, if you’d care to check it out.

Other holidays are listed as well.

Do you know the two most recent years that the Western and Eastern worlds’ Easter commemorations coincided?

1963 and 1865. Just thought this factoid might go well with your celebrations this year.

Hmm…wonder what the Obamas are doing for Passover at the White House tonight?

Happy Easter, All!

Written by Jude Cowell

April 9, 2009 at 3:10 pm

Spring Equinox 2009 chart now posted

Some effort has been made to publish the horoscope with details for Spring Equinox 2009, if you’d like to have a look.

Check my Pages list in the sidebar column for ‘Spring Equinox 2009’ and there it will be waiting for you.

The chart has been set as usual for the White House and your comments and observations on-subject are most welcome – but no spam will be moderated for publication, just so ya know.

Virgo Full Moon 3.10.09

This evening over the White House the Moon is Full at 10:37:41 pm edt – Moon 20Vir40 opposing Sun 20Pis40 across the 5/11 axis of Will.

Moon has gone beyond her conjunction with Saturn 18Vir12 Rx, while Sun is approaching Uranus 22Pis30 –  the Saturn-Uranus opposition  and the Full Moon both relate to relationships and stalemates which may culminate and improve under the light of this Full Moon.

The Full Moon chart set for the White House has Midheaven 8Leo51 conjunct the Republican Party’s natal Mercury, the Hour is the Sun’s, and Venus Rx 15Ari03 is in 6th house of Health, Work, and Service.

With natal Mercury at the most visible point in the Full Moon chart,  GOP thinking and planning may be of more notice in some way now, or perhaps a prominent Republican will speak out.

Mars 26Aq51 is conj US natal Moon, a transit of headaches and frustrations when feelings lie just under the surface, ready to be sparked. Life’s pace picks up under this transit, and domestic activities are top of the menu for many people.

It seems interesting to me that with Pres. Obama’s love of basketball, the Full Moon’s Sabian Symbol ’21Vir’ is “A Girls’ Basketball Team”…

Lynda Hill gives these details for ’21Vir’:

The give and take of unity and equality; joyful participation; winning and losing; being on the team (Team Obama?); playing fair and square; codes of behavior; finding it difficult to play by the rules or cooperate; taking things too seriously; the desire to win at all costs.

Lynda always includes a few quotes for each Symbol such as this one from sports legend Vince Lombardi:

“Individual commitment to a group effort – that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.”


For more details, visit Lynda at her website:


And you may be interested in this evening’s  ‘Images for Integration’ for Sun Pisces-Moon Virgo:

‘Small events bring enormous consequences…A mosaic picture of the universe, each piece perfect in itself…Faith and reason shake hands.’

(‘Sun Sign-Moon Sign’ by Charles & Suzi Harvey.)

‘Ring of Fire’ Eclipse Monday 1.26.09

While I’ve been calling it the ‘New President Eclipse’ because it occurs 6 days after the inauguration of Barack Obama as our 44th president, others are calling Monday’s lunation the ‘Ring of Fire’ Eclipse for good reason:


The Astrology of It:

Eclipse degree: 6AQ30 conjunct US natal South Node. As you know,  Eclipses are ‘wild cards’ and may affect events in unexpected ways – or not at all – (if you’re peeking at your own chart to see where 6AQ30 falls – if 6AQ30 aspects no planets or points in your chart, consider the house polarity, the house containing 6AQ30 and its opposite house for clues to what areas of life – houses – the Eclipse may affect for you or yours.)

Conjunct US natal SN indicates issues from the past affecting today, and it may also refer to well-honed or inherited talents which may be used yet which may or may not be effective for the current situation.

More of these issues surface for the US at our Nodal Half-Return coming soon…’surface’ so that they may be more effectively dealt with as they rise from the depths of the collective unconscious.

The Astronomy of It:

So here’s a link to my other blog, Stars Over Washington, where you’ll find a SpaceWeather News bulletin detailing the expected  ‘Ring of Fire’ effect, and the locations where this Annular Eclipse will be observable:


Only don’t fall into a burning ring o’fire gazing at it, okay? But you wouldn’t.

The Presidency of It:

And here’s a link (in case you’ve so far managed to miss this cool video – I did until Donna D clued me in!) …it’s the ’44 Presidents morphing’ video (3 mins 58 sec…slow down, you’ve got time for 200+ years in under 4 minutes!):


Yes, I know that some of these mugs should be hanging on the police squad-room wall with the words, ‘Reward Offered’ across their snoots,  but here they be within the splendid bossom of that exclusive gentlemen’s club, the US Presidency.

Is it not illegal if the president does it? Then check out the whiskers on some of these dudes – you may identify the culprits in need of a good jailin’ simply by gazing into the beady eyes a-gleam just above the hairy undergrowth.

It’s wooly boogers on parade and caught on YouTube!

Double Flyby plus Venus-Jupiter – and add the Crescent Moon

Space Weather News for Nov 28, 2008

DOUBLE FLYBY ALERT: Space shuttle Endeavour undocked from the International Space Station this morning, and the two spacecraft are now orbiting Earth in tandem. Endeavour is scheduled to land in Florida on Sunday, Nov. 30. Between now and then, many sky watchers (especially those in Europe) will be able to see the shuttle and the space station cutting across the night sky together–a rare and beautiful “double flyby.” Get predictions for your hometown from the Simple Satellite Tracker: http://spaceweather.com/flybys .

SPECTACULAR CONJUNCTION: When the sun goes down tonight, step outside and look southwest. You’ll see something very pretty: Venus and Jupiter beaming together through the twilight. The two closely-spaced planets are about to be joined by the slender crescent Moon for a spectacular three-way conjunction that arguably ranks as the best sky show of 2008. Check http://spaceweather.com for sky maps, photos–and be sure to keep an eye on the sky in the evenings ahead.

Sounds lovely, doesn’t it?  Yet astrologically speaking, Dec 1’s triple conjunction of Venus, Jupiter, and the Moon 22Cap35 is more complex than a moonlight stroll in a starry meadow.

I’m using ’10:43 am’ because Moon and Venus meet at 22:35, with Jupiter 22:18…Moon has translated her glowing moonbeams from Jupiter to Lady Venus. An enchanted sprinkle? A secret meeting perhaps?

Could be all of the above and then some.

At the White House (locating the chart here specifically and as a stand-in for America) the three often-benefic bodies have just arisen on Dec 1, 2008 at 10:43 am est, thus lying hidden within the Behind-the-Scenes 12th house.

Pluto 00Cap10, a World Point, is ahead of them in the celestial order of this day although all grace the Saturn-ruled sign of the mer-goat, Capricorn. The mystical side of Cap is seldom mentioned here but has been noted elsewhere a time or two.

Sun 9Sag50 (conj Antares, ‘obsessed with success’ – one of the Royal Stars of Persia), Mars 11Sag03 (degree of Pluto-Chiron’s Great Conjunction Dec 30, 1999), and Mercury 13Sag09 (conj US natal ASC, ‘Sibly’) are in 10th house of ‘The World’ (Tarot card 21); Career; Public Status. Midheaven’s degree is 22Sco00, and 00AQ13 rises, the degree of US Inaugural Sun on Jan 20 in DC…and for 2009, Inaugural Mercury Rx, too.

’22’ is the number of Mastery and with Mc 22Sco:00 sextile all three – Moon, Venus, and Jupiter in Cap – a YOD pattern is possible for (anyone having) a planet at 21 – 23 Gemini in the apex position.

Glaringly, this includes America’s natal Mars (energy; action principle; direction), so a few midpoint pictures are formed which we may wish to consider; Reinhold Ebertin shall direct us…

Moon-Mc =  n Mars: devotion to a cause, body and soul; actions based on feelings; industriousness; spirit of endeavor; a man desiring to possess a woman’t soul ( I say, get yer own);

Venus-Mc = n Mars: strong desires; sex;

Jupiter-Mc = n Mars: clarity of purpose or objectives; successful cooperation; engagement; a desire to create one’s own good fortune; abundant creative powers.

Inauguration 2009’s 00AQ+ Sun and Mercury Rx are rising thus linking the triple conjunction to president-elect Barack Obama, with Sun as rep for ‘the leader.’ (And I still don’t know quite what to think of Mercury Rx on Jan 20, 2009!) Plus, 00AQ+ brings Obama’snatal Jupiter to the Ascendant with his late-Capricorn Saturn, planet of authority and control, rising just after Venus-Moon-Jupiter.

Ascendant 00AQ13 has not one, not two, but three planetary combos rising…All involve progressive if quirky rebel Uranus, erratic and electric planet of genius and originality…and you know the Saturn-Uranus opposition is still within orb, here across the 2/8 axis of Resources, and possibly signifying the ‘haves vs have-nots’ stand-off we’re under, but also traditionally linked with Israel, Palestine, and the region of the Middle East); both planets are connected to the scientific, futuristic sign of Aquarius…

Sun-Uranus = Asc: sudden experiences; easily excited persons; new associations.

Mercury-Uranus = Asc: organising ability; prudence or deliberation; circumspection; a sudden contact of thoughts with others (cell phones?); the application of practical principles in the creation of the environment;

Mars-Uranus = Asc: an upsetting event; accident; violence; an excitable  person inclined to commit violence; arrest.

Next is a rather squirrelly picture involving North Node, a joining point showing future direction or ‘the path’ or ‘destiny’…

Neptune-Asc = North Node: suffering from falsehood, fraud or malice through one’s association with disharmonious people (like Wall Street and Fed bandits? or pocket-lining politicians? more “bailouts” of the rich and dishonest?); an accessory to a malicious scheme (ahhh..now that echoes like the buzzing of wasps and hornets infesting Mumbai and elsewhere as they make their explosive point with cruelty – or: the world bank and investor crowd of thieves and crooks who have the money-lender scales tipped their way and Fort Knox wiped clean.)

We know the sociopaths and psychos are on the loose like wolves lying in wait (and proud of it!); meanwhile, a slightly different arm of the syndicate runs the political side of things – but they tend to split into factions – esp the D-Party whose edges are fraying as I type. Doltbrains. Egoism reigns!

Other midptpics with testy, testosterone-pumped Mars, the god of war who likes to blow things up while taking as many down with him as he goes… 

Pluto-Mc = Mars: great striving for the attainment of power; career crisis; the urge to dominate others; the misfortune to be forced into an uncongenial profession or occupation (‘occupation’ – of a country? profession – terroist? creative accountant who knows too much?);

Sun-Mercury = Mars: the will to fight life’s battles; thinking critically; agitated thoughts; excitement, upset, argument, or quarrel.

Midheaven has three planetary combos upon it so we know these duos of combined energies have a place to manifest…the Angular 10th house…

Moon-Saturn = Mc: sense of duty; self-control; feeling lonely or deserted; being ill or sad (don’t know about you but when I’m ill, I’m sad. And sad feelings can make people ill.)

Venus-Saturn = Mc: irritability; inhibitions; reserve; jealousy; separations in relationships; seeking solitude.

Jupiter-Saturn = Mc: fluctuating success; changes; losses; the philosopher; desiring solitude; love of seclusion; loneliness.

Obviously, Venus-Jupiter = Moon: charm, good nature, cordiality, and affection; the bride or mother.

So. As usual with our Lesson-Book-of-the-Universe planet, both good and bad are on our menus.

Last but not least, an Unaspected Pluto is tied into the energies of the chart bwo a midpoint picture (as it relates to Moon-Venus-Jupiter conj over Washington – or everywhere really), so we see the most expanded ego point of the chart (Sun-Jup) pointing to the god of Hades, lord of the Underworld…so distant and unaffected…

Sun-Jupiter = Pluto: acquiring wealth (at whose expense?); expectation of good fortune; pursuing happiness and fortune.

As you know, lone reader, I tend to use Pluto as a rep for the richest of the world’s denizens, those power elitist string-pullers who may be referred to only in hushed tones as…the secret hand. Distant royal cousins? Brethren in a super-secret alliance to ensnare the world’s masses? Both?

Thing is, they too will take as many down with them as they go. Innocents included.

That’s what really keeps me in a snit of miffdom about the propagandisticlly-named ‘WOT’…that, and the fact that the common good of humankind is no more than a joke to them, suitable for after-dinner banter and brandy…

In the library. With a candelabra.


Sunday Night Update: tomorrow, Monday, Dec 1, 2008, the president-elect is to announce his cabinet picks including, one presumes, Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State. The scheduled time I’m finding for his announcement is ’10:40 am ET’…three minutes into the Moon-Venus-Jupiter conjunction! Wha-a-aaa?

al-Qaeda video release pre-November; Palin by McCain’s side

Yes, as expected, a new video “honoring” the attacks of 9/11 has been shown on al Jazeera, in time for US November elections, and reputedly has been released by al-Qaeda.

Campaign Trail 2009:

The crowds in the thousands showing up this week for McCain rallies (poor McCain was attracting hundreds before Sara came along) are clearly there to see and hear the lady, not the droopy fella.

NPR News at 5:00 pm has reported that the GOP team have now gone beyond when Palin was to leave McCain’s side on the campaign trail, but she’s staying longer.

My thought is that the crowds would disappear (pouf!) with her and cause the presidential candidate to seem all the more forlorn looking. And if McCain wins the prize, I wonder if he’d ever admit it was only because of Sara Palin’s mojo? Bush’s popularity sure won’t do it, but money and vote rigging can.

Meanwhile Hillary Clinton said that asking a Republican president to clean up the mess Bush has made is like “asking the iceberg to save the Titanic.”

Now that is a very good analogy for what four years of McCain after eight years of Bush would be like.

But unfortunately for the American people, her ‘Titanic’ reference fits all too well – no matter who moves into the White House come January 2009.

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